What is 'Love at first sight'? Is it scientifically correct? If yes give reason to explain your point.This time my project is somewhat different.plz help....its really different!!!!!!(lol)   plz...

What is 'Love at first sight'? Is it scientifically correct? If yes give reason to explain your point.

This time my project is somewhat different.plz help....its really different!!!!!!(lol)   plz help...

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James Kelley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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I understand the term "scientifically correct" to mean that something can be isolated and tested (or otherwise verified) against some previously established scientific theories. I don't see how "love" (much less "love at first sight") falls in the category of things that can be scientifically verified. We can test the effectiveness of airbags in protecting drivers and passengers in car collisions, but we can't do the same for when people and emotions collide.

All sorts of scientific studies around the subject of "love" are possible, of course. Through extensive longitudinal studies (in which we could track specific people in specific relationships), we might be able to determine all sorts of things that can contribute to the success or failure of a long-term relationship. Similarly, we could get a sense of the power of first impressions by using hi-tech equipment to see what parts of a person's brain lights up when introduced to photographs of a range of different people in different situations.

In the end, though, I doubt that the idea of "love at first sight" is a suitable subject of scientific research. I suspect that there are multiple types of attraction (each of which certainly could be studied scientifically in some fashion), with some of these types of attraction being more important when people first meet and some only developing over time and with cultivation.

Through a Google search using the terms "Love" and "at first sight," I found a number of leads that you may find interesting. Three are given below. All of the studies I found on this subject are full of "mights" and "coulds," and at least one of them deals with fruit flies. Do fruit flies even love?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Love at first sight is the phenomenon where you fall in love with a person the first time you see them.  But I do not think it makes sense to talk about it in terms of science.

Science cannot define love.  Therefore, there is no way that science can tell us if we can truly fall in love with someone at first sight.

Personally, I do not think it is possible.  It is surely possible to be strongly attracted to someone at first sight.  But you surely cannot love someone until you know them.

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